Rangada Hudugaru Review: What’s the story again?
A directionless film that tries hard to convey a social message in the last 15 minutes
With his experience of handling documentaries, director Tejesh Kumar believed that he had a script that would showcase his ability to handle important issues. But with Rangada Hudugaru, he fails in the attempt. Nothing in the film conveys the message that he wants to deliver, namely, 'Do not trust strangers'.
Cast: Manu Hegde, Prakyath Paramesh, Sagar Gowda
Direction: Tejesh Kumar
The film tries to bring this message out with three free-spirited youths who accidentally meet a girl, and fall in love with her. They do their best to catch her attention, which makes up most of the story. Enter Shivaji Reddy, whom the trio meet after getting involved in a minor car accident. For some reason, there’s an instant connect. And then comes the shock. The three realise that the guy is a terrorist. Will the three prove their innocence? How will the police manage to nab the culprit?
The core theme becomes a part of the story only in the last 15 minutes. Otherwise, Rangada Hudugaru is about the three boys and the girl. The director fails to highlight the crux of his story, instead filling the film with glamour and double-meaning dialogues, which only end up testing the viewers’ patience. Manu Hegde, Prakyath Paramesh and Sagar Gowda turn in amateurish performances. And Ameeta Kullal is just a glam doll. The music by Senapathi is average and so is the cinematography.
This is a lesson for filmmakers, who should realise the importance of properly highlighting the central theme in their films.